It’s an airport miracle! Jack the Cat, who went missing during baggage handling by American Airlines two months ago, has been found alive.
Search parties were organized via Facebook and American Airlines papered JFK with missing cat fliers; but the chances of finding the cat had started to look slim. “The chances of Jack surviving or being returned readily get minimized each and every day,” one former communications representative for United Airlines told The Observer last week. “It’s a very dangerous place, an airport. Lot of moving parts and moving vehicles and moving machinery.”
And yet somehow Jack managed to avoid them all.
A fluffy orange feline, Jack The Cat, was kenneled along with his brother Barry and passed over to baggage handlers on an American Airlines flight 177 from JFK to California on Thursday. After clearing security, owner Karen Pascoe received a call from an American Airlines employee who told her Jack was missing.
After a search turned up nothing, Ms. Pascoe and her family boarded their flight, assured by American Airlines that they would find her cat, contact her again by the next day, and presumably restore the cat to her the way they would any other lost baggage.
Ms. Pascoe said she did not hear from American Airlines until Sunday, 66 hours after the she was informed that Jack was missing. A baggage manager named “Andy” called and said the hunt was still on, although “the last time this happened, it took about a month to find the cat.”